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turbo6
05 Mar 2016
01:03:02am
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I have some old albums that are hand written & ornately illustrated, but there is damage to the paper & stamps I would guess acid,rust,toning? I would like to keep the book & stamps together so my question is, if I put the stamps in mounts would this stop the stamps from any further damage and allow me to still keep the album? Here are some of the worst one

Thanks in advance Murray

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Jeredutt3
05 Mar 2016
01:08:05am
re: Saving an 80 year old album

I also like to save the original hand written work. I have a couple that I simple recreated the page and remounted then put the pages next to each other in the new album. You can see the cool old writing and references while adding antything new or extra to the new page



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keesindy
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05 Mar 2016
07:49:36am
re: Saving an 80 year old album

Murry, you may want to check out some of the info presented by the US Library of Congress. They have considerable experience with problems such as yours.

https://www.loc.gov/preservation/about/faqs/paper.html

and

http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/paper.html


(I'm sorry, but I am unable to get the "link" function to properly format these links! Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. In this instance, it doesn't work.)

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ikeyPikey
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05 Mar 2016
12:40:34pm
re: Saving an 80 year old album

https://www.loc.gov/preservation/about/faqs/paper.html

http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/paper.html

Hints:

1) hit {Enter} a few times, so that the link is well-separated from any other text, and

2) when you select the link to be linked, avoid (or get rid of) any trailing (and seemingly blank) character(s).

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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keesindy
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06 Mar 2016
11:24:01am
re: Saving an 80 year old album

Thanks, IkeyPikey.

I haven't tried your first suggestion, but I do watch for those spaces at the end of URLs.

I often have the HTML codes showing up in the wrong places when I try to create links. I've tried correcting that problem manually when it happens repeatedly, but I obviously still haven't figured out how to consistently get the formatting issues under control here at SoR.

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06 Mar 2016
11:45:37am
re: Saving an 80 year old album

If it were me, I'd be looking at copying these pages onto clean aid free ones. You might be able to avoid a lot of the discoloration on the copies. Then use quality mounts on the new pages.

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keesindy
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06 Mar 2016
11:53:50am
re: Saving an 80 year old album

I agree with Snick, but I'd want to scan the pages and process them in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements or some similar software package that would allow me to make the foxing/discoloration disappear. There is a learning curve in getting set up to do this, and then you may need to do quite a bit of experimentation to optimize the process before proceeding with the processing of multiple pages. But, the process can be surprisingly successful (at least is is for me in Photoshop).

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07 Mar 2016
11:37:10am
re: Saving an 80 year old album

I would scan the pages as well and experiment with different free programs such as paint.net and serif photo to remove discoloration but maintain the originality of the page with no changes then print on acid free paper.

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malcolm197
15 Mar 2016
09:30:12pm
re: Saving an 80 year old album

If you remount the stamps on clean pages don't place the originals in the same album - you will just transfer the foxing. If you want to archive the original presentation just scan the leaves and place the scan with the new. The only place for the old leaves is the bin, the recycling, the compost heap or a bonfire !

Malcolm

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